‘Step On Their Throat’: Cowboys Power To Win Against Redskins

Mike Fisher
September 16, 2019 - 6:38 am
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

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LANDOVER, Md (105.3 THE FAN) - The Dallas Cowboys has a new philosophy that involves trickery and misdirection and “keeping you off-balance.” But as evidenced in Sunday’s 31-21 win at Washington, ab old-fashioned core value remains in place.

“What this team is all about,” Ezekiel Elliott said, is, “Step on their throats .. and get it over with.”

Dallas did that with a move to 2-0 orchestrated by QB Dak Prescott, who befuddled the Redskins defense by completing 26 of 30 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 69 yards. Dak’s two-game totals: 51 of 62 passing for 674 yards, with seven TDs, one interception and a 142.8 passer rating, plus nine rushes for 81 yards “Nobody blinks, nobody worries about anything,” said Prescott with a quote that covers Dallas opening both these games with deficits before gradually blowing both NFC East enemies New York and Washington.

“That’s our philosophy,” All-Pro guard Zack Martin told me. “Those 1-, 2- and 3-yard runs become 10 and 20 as the games go on. It’s like chopping down a tree. Stay after it; it’ll fall.”

Some of the usual suspects grabbed the axe handle here. Zeke had 23 carries for 111 yards and ran for a touchdown.

Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb were chain-movers. Jason Witten and Amari Cooper repeated last week’s success, each with TD catches. But Cooper’s “nightmare-for-the-defense” analysis especially took hold with new-and-unheralded receiver Devin Smith. The Jets’ second-round “bust” set a tone when he burned mouthy ‘Skins cornerback Josh Norman for an early 51-yard TD.

I asked Devin if Cowboys Nation was supposed to know that the “nightmare” included him.

“Yeah! All of us!’ Devin said, smiling. “When he said that, he really meant everybody in the room.”

Dallas’ D also had s hand in pushing the ‘Skins to 0-2.

But, said defensive leader Tank Lawrence, “We’re damn sure not happy. Our standard’s way higher. Nobody supposed to score. All 60 minutes. We want more.”

The path to “more”? Keep “not blinking.” Keep “chopping the tree.” Keep “stepping on their throat.”